Editorial: Is Rowan rushing?

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Rowan, have you been rushing?

On Sept. 5, it was here: the 2017-2018 academic school year. As expected, Rowan had a few new things, and with that, a few things caused headaches.

Over the summer, Nexus Properties finished A-3, another phase of the $400 million project on Rowan Boulevard, aiming to extend the university’s presence toward Glassboro’s downtown. A-3 is better known to most students and faculty as “Victoria.” The building added housing, a new fitness center, a parking garage and College of Communication and Creative Arts classrooms.

Of its many designed purposes, the building is lacking. There are parts of the building which still have utility equipment lying about. Dozens of students have grievances about the housing inside the building. The two-elevator system that leads students to their housing was broken for the most of last Saturday evening. There are leaky faucets and toilets dripping water. According to a student whose toilet was leaking for days, maintenance said, “For now, you’ll just all have to use the other one.” Along with that, air conditioning is out in several apartments. Students also complain about the beds being “as hard as rocks.” If students are living in a new complex with alleged ‘top-notch’ amenities, as Rowan Today described them, shouldn’t they be, well, completed? Students ARE paying a hefty rent of $5,340 per semester, after all.

But aside from this, the Victoria building seems to entirely disregard student safety. There are still no security cameras in hallway staircases, a vital key to security and safety on campus. Remember last year when someone was vandalizing in the Rowan Boulevard Parking Garage? Security cameras were there to identify the suspect. These cameras play an integral role in helping avoid or at least lessen criminal and sexual offenses. What happens if something occurs in the Victoria staircases?

It is safe to say thousands of students now live on or around Rowan Boulevard. But towards Mick Drive and Victoria Street, there is only one blue light pole – and that’s right next to the 301 High Street building. You know, those blue light poles that we’re supposed to be able to see one of at all times? Those blue light poles that have a button to press in case of an emergency? Shouldn’t a few more be installed near A-3, the building that’s now a hub of activity?

The Mick Drive parking garage, which is technically a part of Victoria, opened in January. It should be full now, right? But it’s not. Cars barely fill the floors. When Rowan first announced the garage, it was marketed as a solution to our school’s ongoing parking issues. Let’s analyze this separate problem: the announcement that the top floor of Townhouse Garage was no longer opened to commuters spurred further headaches. Commuters still complain on the daily about parking shortages across campus. Some of our staff members have experienced waiting in commuter lots ourselves, just scouting out a spot. Why not open the Mick Drive parking garage to commuters? Having a “free two hours,” as the rule now, is clearly not cutting it for the commuters who spend their whole day on campus. The Ellis Street lot, just beyond this area of campus, perhaps another quarter mile away, just isn’t solving the parking problem either. Students just don’t want to be parked that far away from campus. Can we blame commuters though, who’ve already driven 20 minutes to school and just don’t have the time to take another 15 minutes to ride a shuttle into campus? Pushing students to the fringes just isn’t working.

And finally, all of this construction has caused some of the university’s most recent headaches: a power outage at Barnes & Noble on the first day of classes and, most recently, the power outage at 301 W. High Street. For two days, the outage at 301 left hundreds of students wondering if class was or wasn’t canceled. For Victoria Todorova, this caused her to walk from the Ellis Street lot, to 301 High Street, to James Hall, to 301 High Street. This is no small walk. A half hour of exhausting, frustrating wasted time all due to … a backhoe, presumably aiding in the construction of the Rowan Boulevard construction project, backing into the building’s power conduit.

Rowan, you’ve been rushing.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I went to Rowan back in 2007, and none of these things mentioned here had existed. By the time I graduated in 2012, Bosshart Hall, the old science building, was demolished. All you current Rowan students probably have never heard of it nor have you seen it, but I have. Then came Rowan Boulevard, then Whitney Center, then Barnes & Noble. On top of that, the circle did NOT exist. It was just a fork in the road with nothing but trees and Landmark was completely blocked off that those who were not familiar with the area wouldn’t know it was even there. Now, it is easily visible. Also, there was NO Technology Park. It was just an open field. All of this in the short years I was there. Now, since then, even more buildings have come up, none of which I have ever seen or heard of since I am no longer at Rowan (nor am I even in New Jersey).

    But even before I went to Rowan, there were no Townhouses; it was just woods in that area. There was no Education Building, and the new Science Building didn’t exist; Bosshart was still in use. And to date all the way back to 1998 when I was still a little kid, Rowan Hall was built and opened.

    All this is quite a lot in a little less than two decades. Rowan, you mean well and you have transformed the campus for the better. But, as the old saying goes, haste make waste. And as this article points out, that is starting to show. Slow down; the end result is what counts, even if it would take a little longer. Quality over quantity, that is what I always say. You were a nice little campus when I entered way back in 2007, and you still are. But, as this article says, you have been rushing. Slow down.

  2. Not to mention if you have a car and live on campus its still a headache because Rowan Bldv parking is “sold out” but they want us to go to Mick Drive which is more expensive? No way. Solve the issues at hand first before you make new changes. We need parking, we need repairs in dorms. Cater to the folks already here not the ones that haven’t graduated high school yet.

  3. They are most definitely rushing.. it is ridiculous! I have pictures of how quickly and carelessly they put things up. 230 Victoria is a joke. On move in day only one elevator was working, in every apartment there was only one outlet in the kitchen working(leaving two GFI outlets useless) and they never informed anyone prior. Unfinished sloppy work! I have still been trying to figure out how to get in touch with who I need to speak with to complain and show them the shotty work that was done. I pay alot of money for my daughter to live there and for a brand new building it is a dump!!! Oh and did I mention the plumbing is horrible!!!!!

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